During this week’s Dueling Review, Stephen and I covered the latest issue of Sandman: Overture, and both agreed that we like our Neil Gaiman stories in larger helpings.  I have long been of the opinion that, with rare exceptions, all of Sandman is best absorbed in the trade paperback collections, with ‘Brief Lives’ and ‘Worlds’ End’ as the best.  Of course, I’ve had the same experience in other venues: I can’t stand to watch one episode of ‘Firefly’, choosing to occasionally catch the marathon viewings when it moves to a new home in syndication, or off our DVD collection.  When it comes to music, I have the entirety of the Moody Blues ‘Days Of Future Passed’ album in my digital music collection as one large file, and prefer to listen to all of it, if I can, leading us to today’s compilation query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) could never stand to watch ’24’ one hour at a time, instead preferring two or three in a row, if only to remind me how long Jack Bauer goes without a restroom break, asking: Which of your favorite pop culture experiences do you prefer in collected (or, as the kids today say, binge-viewing) format?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. Alisha
    December 19, 2014 at 12:33 pm — Reply

    Comics, particularly events, have been something I’ve always liked to get in a collected format. TPBs are usually much cheaper than buying individual issues (which with all my medical bills is really useful), and they sometimes have an extra bit or two thrown in that you wouldn’t get in the single issues.

    I also usually wait until a while after the end of a Super Sentai series to have a marathon viewing of a series over a couple of days. I do watch an occasional episode as soon as it is available online (such as certain episodes of Gokaiger where they had characters I liked returning), but otherwise I mostly wait until I can watch everything.

    And any series with a season-long storyline. I enjoyed watching the first two seasons of “Arrow” on Netflix over a week more than I have watching one episode a week for the current season. Similarly, watching some of the later seasons of “Buffy” or “Eureka” are preferable in little marathons than in one a day or one a week viewings.

  2. Malone_hasco
    December 19, 2014 at 12:49 pm — Reply

    Pretty much everything. I’ve been trained that way, since we always had much thicker comic books, from 48 (minimum size for monthly books, X-Men for example was like this here) to 125 pages (Biggest ones, we had a monthly books called just Marvel that collected one U.S. story arc)..
    Same goes with DVD/blu ray boxes, they rarely air shows here before box is released on Amazon or such, so its always been more convenient to get those like that. I still read some monthly books for nostalgia reasons, but “binge” size is what I’ve mostly dealt with.

    With movies and TV its been changing because of direct streaming services like Netflix, but until we all things at the same time they are released around the world, thats how I roll.

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